Friday, June 22, 2012

Who Is That Masked Hedge Fund?

According to the WSJ It is the latest in-vogue accessory among hedge-fund managers: a "masked fund." Bridgewater Associates has "ZQPGGAV00000," John Paulson has "Paulson Fund 1" while Cliff Asness's AQR Capital Management prefers "805-1355888867."

The cryptic monikers, more product barcodes than real handles, enable the hedge-fund managers to shield the identities of their funds from the prying eyes of regulators and outsiders in forms filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Some 150 private investment advisers opted to mask the real names of their individual funds when they complied with new rules that forced many hedge-fund firms to register with the SEC this year,…
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